Alice Shaddle

Untitled, c. 1960’s

American, 1928

Alice Shaddle has been creating art for more than five decades. In her long and distinguished career her primary medium has been paper. It has been used in a variety of ways to create both two and three dimensional works, beginning with the large scale free-standing and wall-mounted papier mache pieces of the 1960s to the collage paintings, made since 2000, constructed from thousands of tiny fragments of colored vinyl paper.

This collage was part of a large portfolio of works comprised of woven and collaged painted papers created in the 1960s. Like so much of Shaddle’s work this piece expresses her love of nature, which she attributes to her rural childhood that initiated a lifetime of exploring the natural world. In this sensuous work ablaze in warm colors—reds, pinks and yellows rush across the paper in a dizzying flurry of short and long staccato strokes. The viewer’s eye is pleasantly exhausted by a surface filled with an abundance of color and marks. Collaged painted paper creates further complexity and layering.

Shaddle’s work is found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the Smithsonian Museum, Washington, DC. She had a long, important relationship as artist and teacher with the Hyde Park Art Center, an institution that has figured so prominently in the history of Chicago art. In 2010, Elmhurst College was pleased to host an exhibition of Shaddle’s collage paintings.

Gift of the artist, 2010